Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is perfect for a memorable family day out. Children will be intrigued by the vibrant packaging of our past, whilst grandparents can reminisce about how life in Britain used to be.

Just a stone’s throw from the much-loved Portobello Road Market, this charming museum is full to the brim with retro tins, posters and products. You can spot Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, OXO cubes from the First World War and delightful sweet treats dating back to the thirties.

The collection was accumulated by curator Robert Opie. Throughout his career, he developed a keen interest in consumer culture. Opie wanted to find out how our everyday products and the promotion of them evolved since the Victorian times. In 1975, he had assembled enough items to put on an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Much of his research has focused on regular household brands and things that you would find in your kitchen cupboards. This has led to Opie being dubbed a 'supermarket archaeologist'. He has now written over twenty books on and around his specialist subject.

The museum also encompasses other aspects of consumer culture, such as toys, games, transport, entertainment and leisure activities. See if you can spot the 1970s Chopper in the midst of the colourful ensemble of commodities.

Today the curation is made up of over 12,000 original items from popular brands. You can venture right back to the 1800s in the incredible Time Tunnel that's full of old-fashioned advertisements.

It’s a treasure trove for those who love the naivety of dated design and vintage slogans. Meanwhile, for those who are too young to remember, the collection provides a brilliant insight into how we shopped and lived in Britain.

Families can pick up a Family Trail pack or Adventure Bag and explore the museum looking for answers and clues. Discover who invented the first ever vacuum cleaner and try to find out which brand used the slogan "washes whiter".

For the older generations, the whole experience will be a blast from the past. Relish in the nostalgia of sweeties from your childhood and marvel at the puzzled faces of the little ones as you point out some of the toys you used to play with.

On display until September 2017 is Beam Me Back, Scotty, an exhibition perfect for sci-fi fans. Take a peek at Star Trek memorabilia, Dr Who figurines and Thunderbirds action figures, as you teleport back to your teens. There’s also a plethora of comics, annuals and posters on show for you to admire.

Afterwards, head to the museum cafe and garden to relax over a refreshing drink and tasty light bite. Snacks are available to take away or eat in the gorgeous courtyard garden.

You can also take something home with you from the retro shop. Quirky gifts, vintage-inspired homewares, Victorian toys and bizarre postcards can all be purchased from the museum.

Entry costs £9 for adults, £5 for children and under 7s go free. For further information, please visit the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising website.

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